How to Run an Asphalt Paver

Running an asphalt paver takes training and knowledge of how the controls on the paver work. Once you have been trained in the use of the paver, running it takes time and careful command. Running an asphalt paver is a three-person operation.

Step 1

Start the asphalt paver and spray diesel fuel, or a soy- or citrus-based release agent, on every part of the paver that will be in contact with the asphalt. This will reduce the chances of the asphalt sticking to the paver.

Step 2

Heat the screed, or leveling device. If the paver screed is electric, turn the screed on. If it is a propane screed, light the propane burners on the main screed and the extensions. Wait for the screed bottom to reach a minimum of 250 degrees.

Step 3

Build a start pad with the asphalt or two-by-fours to determine the depth of your finished product. Put the paver screed to float, and it will drop down to your start pad.

Step 4

Turn on the conveyors and augers. Have the paver truck or transfer machine dump the asphalt into the paver hop machine. The truck or transfer machine is controlled by the paver operator with hand signals. As the asphalt comes out of the truck and is conveyed back to the augers, the left or right-hand screed operator determines the width and the amount of material being run through the conveyors and augers. Tipping the paver screed backward will raise the depth, while tipping it forward will lower the depth. The paver pushes the transfer machine or truck as it paves.

Step 5

At the end of an asphalt pull, stop the conveyor and auger a short distance before your stopping point.